Letter from Mel Tewahade

Rebuild Dominica has received the following letter from Mel Tewahade, an Ethiopian-American businessman who is Financial Advisor to His Imperial Highness Ermias Sahle Selassie of the Ethiopian Crown Council.

Dear Gabe Christian,

At first I would like to thank our God for saving the people of Dominica from a total destruction and death by Hurricane Maria. It is unfortunate that 38 years after Hurricane David’s  vast destruction we are back again on the same spot. I am confident that with the help of God and our effort that we will rebuild Dominica.

On Tuesday, September 19, 2017, I requested assistance from my friend Dr. Doug Jackson, CEO of Project C.U.R.E. for Dominica. We are approved to send a shipment of emergency supplies valued at $400,000 to the island. Emergency container will have all non-electrical medical supplies. My company Infinity Wealth Management and the Law Firm of Gabriel Christian will underwrite the cost of shipping. In the container we are also trying to include chain saws, nails, tarps and a 150cc dirt bike to get around town.

Demet Apokremiotis, another Ethiopian who was already in Dominica 38 years ago for Hurricane David, will be going to Dominica as soon as the roads are cleared up and the runways are repaired. Demet is an Air Canada pilot who has extensive experience in Dominica including concrete work, placing tarps, and repairing roads. In 1979 Demet took a small group of Canadians to help Dominica. He delivered monies, and with the 9 chain saws that he took they were able to clear the road for the first time from the airport to town. Demet was so overwhelmed with the challenges that he postponed his own flight school graduation by another year by staying in Dominica for a full year. 38 years later we are in the same spot of again but by the grace of God and the help of its people we will rebuild Dominica.

It gives me a great pleasure to work with Rebuild Dominica.  We encourage all Caribbean people, African diaspora and African American and Americans to help our small island nation.

Mel Tewahade, CEO
Infinity Wealth Management

Message from the Embassy on the Passage of Hurricane Maria on the Commonwealth of Dominica

Note: The following message was received from the Embassy of Dominica in the United States.

Dear Fellow Nationals,

As you are aware, the Commonwealth of Dominica suffered severe damage from the passage of Hurricane Maria on Monday September 18, 2017. At this moment, the telecommunication network on the island is completely down and we have no contact with the island.  Below is the latest update from the Honourable Prime Minister’s post  on Facebook on Monday night :

Initial reports are of widespread devastation. So far we have lost all what money can buy and replace. My greatest fear for the morning is that we will wake to news of serious physical injury and possible deaths as a result of likely landslides triggered by persistent rains.

So, far the winds have swept away the roofs of almost every person I have spoken to or otherwise made contact with. The roof to my own official residence was among the first to go and this apparently triggered an avalanche of torn away roofs in the city and the countryside.

Come tomorrow morning we will hit the road, as soon as the all clear is given, in search of the injured and those trapped in the rubble.

I am honestly not preoccupied with physical damage at this time, because it is devastating… indeed, mind boggling. My focus now is in rescuing the trapped and securing medical assistance for the injured.

We will need help, my friend, we will need help of all kinds.

It is too early to speak of the condition of the air and seaports, but I suspect both will be inoperable for a few days. That is why I am eager now to solicit the support of friendly nations and organisations with helicopter services, for I personally am eager to get up and get around the country to see and determine what’s needed.

The Embassy of the Commonwealth of Dominica to the United States of America will continue to keep you updated on the status of the situation in the Commonwealth of Dominica as soon as we can establish communication with the country again.